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My world travels

A list of places I have been. There are hyperlinks to more info (will add more overtime)

England (home: seen a lot of it)
Scotland (2times)
Netherlands (10times) had family there
Belgium (4times)
France (6times)
Spain (3times)
Minorca (6times)
Portugal (2times) (Boom Festival)
Gibraltar
Morocco
Malta
Corfu
Egypt
Hong Kong
Singapore

Goa, India (more than 2 years stay, 10visits) Goa 1994/5/6 & 2003 - India '96 - Goa 2009

From Contiki trip 1990 (1st visit to most):

Monaco
Switzerland (2times)
Austria (2times)
Italy (2times)
Germany (2times)
Lichtenstein
Vatican City
Holland

My 2nd Germany visit was on an Inter-rail trip summarised on my Neuschwanstein Castle entry, in-fact that trip includes Corfu and my second visit to a lot of the Contiki trip places.

On my conservation blog:

Ecuador (3months)
India
Indonesia (1yr, several visits)
Malaysia (6times)

Some of the links require more work

TS Lord Nelson aka HMS Vale (P155)

I pass this old gun/patrol boat very often in Norwich, UK. I absolutely love it, I'd love to have this as my own. Live on it, sail around the world type of thing. It now belongs to the Norwich Sea Cadets. It did partly inspire the gun boat in my novel (see my writing). When I was doing research on the novel and to get ideas I photographed it and had a close look at the ship. I still would like to see inside, maybe I will ask them one day!

Lord Nelson aka HMS Vale (P155) c. Justin Tuijl
This is a second life for the old thing. I guess if the Sea Cadets hadn't had it the boat would have gone for scrap. What a waste! The Swedish wikipedia says:

Launched: 1978 Decommissioned: 1995

Length 33.6 m Width 6.3 m Depth 1.7 m Displacement 120/150 tons Machine 2 x Diesel MTU MB20VV 2x3700 hp Spe 36 knots

Armament 1 x 57 mm cannon
6 x Penguin Robots
Here is a picture in active days with sister ship Vidar (P156) it looks much lower in the water which no doubt was on account of the war materia…

Boom Festival 2010 and 2012

I attended the week long Boom Festival in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal twice. Once in 2010 and again in 2012. The first time was better as they limited ticket sales to 26.000 the next year it was 36.000 and I just found it too crowded. I mean 1 hour to get a coffee! The main problem with Boom is the booze, which is some generic weak beer. For those of us who stay off the hard drugs the fall back to that booze is pretty rubbish. I found most of the time I was chilling out at the healing area. 2010 was good, an experience. 2012 was overkill for me, and I was in a different place after all my voluntary conservation work, coming direct from Indonesia. I did hope they would select me to DJ, but no luck, I had all my gear with me too, oh well. The 2012 main tent was too small also, not enough shade. Rather than party hard it is a good place to chill out. Food and drink are a pain though, and the second time I was buying only from the supermarket, which they did improve in 2012 over the 2010 vers…